It is very important to measure out raw noodles to prepare the proper amount of sauce, because once cooked, it usually doubles in size and weight. These measurement methods are different for common and egg doughs. Many recipes simply specify the number of servings, meaning you have to turn around to figure out the size. It all depends on how many people are eating and the shape of the dough. However, don't worry; this article will help you.
Method 1 of 2: Measuring Common Masses
Step 1. Read the recipe and see how many servings are needed
Another tip is to read the sauce packaging. If you're going to prepare it from scratch, see how many people will eat it.
- One serving is usually 60 g of cooked noodles, or 1/2 cup of raw pasta. However, this will depend on the format.
- One portion = 60 g; two servings = 120 g; four servings = 240 g; six servings = 360 g; eight servings = 480 g.
Step 2. Measure spaghetti, noodles or angel hair using your hands
Take a certain amount and hold it between your thumb and forefinger. One portion (or 60 g) will equal a diameter of 25 mm..
- Two portions = 50 mm; four portions = 100 mm; six portions = 150 mm; eight portions = 200 mm.
- These long masses can also be measured using a specific utensil. A noodle meter can be found at home improvement stores or online. To use it, just place the dough inside the chosen ring.
- Some noodle shells have a hole in the middle that helps you measure a portion of noodles.
Step 3. Measure short doughs using measuring cups or a kitchen scale
On the scale, weigh 60 g; this equates to 1/2 cup of raw pasta.
Two servings = 1 cup; four servings = 2 cups; six servings = 3 cups; eight servings = 4 cups
Step 4. Measure the penne using measuring cups or a kitchen scale
Sixty grams equals 3/4 cup of raw pasta.
Two servings = 1 1/2 cup; four servings = 3 cups; six servings = 4 1/2 cups; eight servings = 6 cups
Step 5. Measure the lasagna dough using individual pieces or a kitchen scale
Sixty grams equals two pieces of raw dough.
Generally, a lasagna needs four layers of noodles. To accommodate this, the platter needs to be 20 cm x 20 cm (yields four portions) or 25 cm x 20 cm (yields six portions)
Method 2 of 2: Measuring Egg Masses
Step 1. Know the definition
Almost all pasta contains eggs, but for this to be mentioned on the package, the pasta needs to have at least 5.5% of this ingredient.
Step 2. Measure this type of dough using measuring cups or a kitchen scale
Sixty grams of spaghetti noodles equals 1 1/4 cup.
Unlike ordinary pasta, egg noodles are the same size when cooked
Step 3. However, noodles generally do not fit this rule
A 60g serving is equivalent to 1 1/4 cup of raw pasta and 1 1/2 after it is cooked.